The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is preparing for a safe and eventful rally
STURGIS, S.D. — The 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is fast approaching, and the Buffalo Chip is busy preparing for the crowds with safety in mind.
The look and feel of this rally may be a little different than in years past, but the Buffalo Chip is doing what they can to keep the party going. They’re following CDC guidelines to make this year’s rally experience not only fun, but safe.
Despite a few cancellations, the Chip is planning to have concerts and events as they usually would with some changes. With temperature checks for all employees and anyone backstage.
The Buffalo Chip was able to book replacement bands like 38 Special and Smash Mouth to preform at this years rally.
Owner of the Buffalo Chip, Rod Woodruff said, “We are keeping people further away from the stage the artists themselves wanna be separated about six feet or so, and that’s no problem. I always thought they were anyway, and we have always let people ride motorcycles right into the amphitheater, so we are gonna put that to advantage.”
The amphitheater will be sectioned off in places to allow for enough space between guests. The Buffalo Chip will also be providing masks or bandannas to anyone who enters, but wearing the mask will not be required while in the venue.
“We have some masks some bandannas that we are able to give away to everybody, so we are gonna ask everybody for entry into the amphitheater when they come through the security that we have and always have had. That they at least have a mask or bandanna in their possession you know, we are not gonna force people to wear ’em but people are respectful of each other,” said Woodruff.
All employees are required to wear masks when in close proximity or directly interacting with guests. There will also be hand sanitizer stations available to guests around the Buffalo Chip.
There will also be no zip line at the Buffalo Chip this year.